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Threats to Idaho Beaver with Watershed Guardian’s Mike Settell

Jessa and Emma sit down with Mike Settell from Watershed Guardians to get more information about what is threatening Idaho Beaver, who play a vital role in Idaho’s ecosystem.

Idaho Beaver are rarely talked about, but vital to Idaho’s ecosystem. They contribute not only to waterflow in many of Southeast Idaho’s prominent watersheds but also help with wildlife across the area. Sadly, beaver are managed as furbearers and their populations are steadily decreasing across our state. From migration blocades to mitigation issues that often result in the deaths of numerous beaver, Watershed Guardians advocate for appropriate behavior towards Idaho’s Beaver. It is essential that the issues resulting in beaver’s declining population be addressed and remediated, and Mike Settell gives us an introduction to what the threats are, and how we can help.

Further resources! 

Portneuf Resource Council’s new website:

Watershed Guardians’ official website:

More about the American Beaver from Idaho State Fish and Game:

A fun read about Idaho’s 1948 Beaver Drop - where we parachuted beaver into the backcountry:

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Jessa is in her final year of her undergraduate career, pursuing three majors: English with Creative Writing, History, and Global Studies with an emphasis in French Language and Literature. She is a published author through ISU's Black Rock & Sage literary magazine and hopes to join the Sustainability Club at ISU. Her sustainability journey began with her year abroad when she interned for Letters to the Earth, an organization dedicated to environmental sustainability. She hopes to work for Amnesty International until she can write books in the mountains full time.